Michelle Darmody, Food Writer

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Dr Michelle Darmody’s work brings together sustainability, food entrepreneurship and creativity. Her PhD, focused on environmental food education for children. Her research projects have won RETHINK Ireland Social Innovation funding, and she was named an Ashoka Changemaker and this year 2024 was listed as one of the 100 Women Changing Ireland.

Michelle’s weekly writing for The Irish Examiner won her the Irish Food Writers award for writing on sustainability in Irish food.

Recent projects have included developing a Food and Empathy education programme with the UNESCO Chair for Children in Galway University which was piloted nationally by Foróige and developing a two year Food and Biodiversity curriculum for Green-Schools.

Michelle founded internationally acclaimed bakeries The Cake Café and Slice and established Our Table, a social enterprise supporting people living in direct provision.Over the past few years Michelle has been using her expertise to inspire and motivate organisations to meet their Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) goals through staff ideation workshops and motivational talks.

Michelle’s extensive knowledge of the sustainability and the food landscape also stems from the creation of large-scale events tackling climate change, such as Eat the Streets, for Dublin City Council and Summer Rising, for IMMA.

Michelle is not only a regular commentator for Irish media, but her work has also featured in international publications, such as Vogue, Condé Nast Travel and Leisure, and Time Magazine. She has judged MasterChef and been featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and the Food Network in the US.


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